Aulonocara sp. maleri
F-1 Aulonocara sp. maleri-Chipoka Pictured
- Common Name: Sunshine Peacock
- Locations Collected From: Chipoka(specifically Chidunga Rocks), Maleri Island(now off-limits to collection because it is included in a national park), Mumbo and Namalenje Islands(the latter two are not commonly collected).
- Approximate Size: 4-5 inches
- Food: Readily accepts flake food. Not particularly picky. Will readily accept most foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, and pellets.
- Water Conditions: Fairly tolerant of water conditions. pH should be between 7.5 – 8.5 and temperatures between 75 – 82 degrees F.
- Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. It is best to keep them with several females and a lot of rock work. Adult size females typically have broods between 20 and 40, with occasional larger spawns. All peacocks will interbreed freely so it is best to keep species separated for purposes of breeding. Female peacocks can be differentiated between but it takes years of keeping each species to be able to distinguish the differences.
- Care of the Fry: Newly released fry can eat crushed flake, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods. The fry is not picky about their water conditions.
- Tankmates: Does well with Utaka, calmer Mbuna, and some Victorians. I have kept mine with Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Hongi “Red Top Kimpuma”, Labidochromis sp. Mbamba, Labidochromis sp. Perlmutt, Labidochromis sp. chisumulae, Psuedotropheus aurora, Pundamilia nyererei, Psuedotropheus socolofi, Psuedotropheus zebra “Chilumba”, and Nimbochromis venustus without problems.